New Ambassador Rupert Holborow presents his Credentials to German Head of State

On Friday 25 January, Ambassador Rupert Holborow had the honour of presenting his credentials to Federal German President Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Before formally being able to represent New Zealand in the receiving country the Ambassador first had to present his Credentials to the German Head of State.

The ceremony took place at Schloss Bellevue, the President’s official residence in Berlin, and included an honour guard.

Whilst serving a formal purpose, the ceremony also reinforced for the Ambassador the privilege enjoyed in serving as a diplomat, especially in a country with which we have such a close and cooperative relationship.

The Ambassador wore a beautiful korowai (Māori cloak) to the ceremony with a design that reflected the importance of oceans, rivers and waterways in the lives of New Zealand’s East Coast iwi (tribes) and in the lives of all New Zealanders.
 
The role of the Ambassador and his team at the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin is to lead New Zealand’s engagement with Germany. This includes, for example, promoting New Zealand’s trade objectives, supporting cooperation on science, agriculture, and climate change, and cultural diplomacy.

The Embassy also has the responsibility of providing consular services to New Zealanders living in or visiting Germany (and the Embassy’s other countries of accreditation).
 
Ambassador Rupert Holborow is looking forward to making the most of his time here in Germany by further strengthening an already strong bilateral relationship.

New Zealand Embassy in Berlin